Claiming the titles of Dairy Princess and Junior Dairy Princess, respectively, are Erica Faith Cantrell and Aleah Grace Davis. The two were crowned Saturday in the annual event sponsored by the local 4-H organization, led by agents Emily Mote and Shay Davis.
The 3 p.m. pageants were held in the Warren County High School auditorium, with Emily Pennington serving as mistress of ceremonies. Retiring royalty Lauren Mansfield and Keira Reynolds crowned their successors, and 4-H member Conner Smith extended the welcome.
Cantrell is the 13-year-old daughter of Wayne and Peggye Cantrell, and is a student at Boyd Christian School. She is an active 4-H member, with her focus on health and fitness, consumer science, meats judging, beef and sheep skillathon.
During the competition, her on-stage question was, “Why is June Dairy Month important?” She replied, “It’s important because it focuses on the importance of farm animals and dairy cows.”
The eighth-grader enjoys basketball, softball, 4-H, swimming, and hopes to become a pediatric doctor.
Katherine Grace Sparkman was named first runner-up. The 12-year-old is a student at Centertown Elementary, and the daughter of Josh and Katherine Sparkman. She says her favorite dairy food is ice cream because you can make yummy desserts.
The Junior Dairy Princess title went to 11-year-old Aleah Grace Davis. She is a student at Hickory Creek Elementary, and the daughter of Irving and Kim Davis.
Her on-stage question was, “What is your favorite dairy food?” Her answer was, “My motto is you can’t be sad when you are eating ice cream, so ice cream is my favorite, especially chocolate chip.”
Haley Keaton Smith was named first runner-up in the event. She is the 9-year-old daughter of Philip and Danielle Smith. She is a fourth-grader at Centertown Elementary and enjoys showing sheep, public speaking, the chick chain project and showing goats in 4-H.
A Miss Congeniality was chosen by votes cast by fellow contestants, with 10-year-old Keyera Tanese Wright claiming the honor. She is a student at Bobby Ray Memorial, and the daughter of Vanisha Wright. Her 4-H activities include sheep shearing and the chick chain.
Young men, Barrett McGinness, Keaton McGinness, John Porter Prater and Will Prater, were chosen to distribute programs and offer assistance to contestants entering the stage.